A new federal lawsuit is asking a judge to make Missouri’s mail-in voting process easier for the November elections.
The lawsuit by the American civil Liberties Union and the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, along with a number of other groups, targets Missouri’s secretary of state Jay Ashcroft and the state’s 116 local election authorities.
It criticizes how the mail-in program requires voters to mail in their ballots notarized, despite those who vote absentee dropping them off in-person.
It also says the state does not include basic safeguards to prevent the denial of mail or absentee ballots.
Officials say some ballots could be rejected for minor errors, which means some residents would not have noticed the rejection nor would they have had time to repair the defects on the ballot.